IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking
5–8 September 2022 // Athens, Greece

YP Session

The event aims to inspire Young Professionals (YP) through interaction with industry professionals and academics on the benefits of getting involved in various IEEE volunteering, educational and standardization activities. The event is organized by the IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals, the IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering (WICE), the IEEE Communication Society Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region and the IEEE Greece Communications Chapter. The program is supported by the Professional Activities of the IEEE Greece Section, the IEEE Student Branch of International Hellenic University (Thessaloniki) and the Communications, Cybersecurity and Internet of Things (CCIoT) Research Group.

YP and EMEA Joint Industry Fireside Chat

Date/Time: Monday, Sept 5th, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Athens time (UTC+3)

Motivation and Background: The Industry Fireside Chat will feature speakers with leading industry experience. The main purpose of the Fireside Chat is to inspire the participants by interacting with industry leaders by focusing on technologies and opportunities arising from industry.


  • Gunnar Peters, Huawei Technologies, Sweden
  • Dionysis Xenakis, Fogus Innovations and Services P.C., Greece
  • Diomidis Michalopoulos, Nokia, Germany


  • Periklis Chatzimisios (International Hellenic University, Greece & University of New Mexico, USA)
  • Diomidis Michalopoulos, Nokia, Germany

YP and WICE Joint Mentoring Session

Date/Time: Monday, Sept 5th, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Athens time (UTC+3)

Motivation and Background: This Panel will inspire Young Engineers and Women in Communications Engineering by interacting with speakers from industry and academia, all of them successful Mentors! Mentorship topics could include the following:

– Industry, Academia or Research: Which path should I follow after my graduation?
– How to Become a Fellow member of ComSoc
– Opportunities for volunteering and leadership within IEEE


  • John S. Baras, University of Maryland, USA
  • Rolland Vida, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Toktam Mahmoodi, King’s College London, United Kingdom


  • Periklis Chatzimisios (International Hellenic University, Greece & University of New Mexico, USA)
  • Toktam Mahmoodi, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Panelists Bios

Gunnar Peters received the M.Eng. degree in applied physics and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Senior Expert in network algorithms with Huawei Technologi     es Sweden, Kista, Sweden. He has worked in telecom for 19 years and started with Ericsson 2000 where he was an expert in Radio Performance. In 2010, he joined the Wireless organization with Huawei Sweden, where he leads a group developing radio network algorithms. He worked with the University of South Carolina, Uppsala University and the Royal Institute of Technology. His research covers stochastic analysis, quantum field theory, wavelet analysis, computational solid state mechanics, signal processing, and radio resource management. He was the recipient of the Individual Gold Medal Award and the Team Gold Medal Award for his work in massive MIMO, advanced receivers and the application of machine learning to RAN.


Dionysis Xenakis holds a Ph.D in the area of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks Analysis and Optimization from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) since 2014. He is also holder of the prestigious ONASSIS FOUNDATION scholarship (2017-2019) and Marie Curie Postdoc Fellow in various EU-funded MSCA actions (FP7-IAPP SMART-NRG, H2020-RISE CASPER, etc.). His publication record includes more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, having received more than 750 citations with h-index 14. Dionysis carries vast experience (more than 10 years) in the implementation of EU projects (CROSSFIRE, SMART-NRG, ICT-RECRED, 5GENESIS, CASPER, etc.). Dionysis is co-founder of the research intensive Fogus Innovations and Services P.C. SME (5GENESIS, EVOLVED-5G, 6G-SANDBOX, SEMANTIC, etc.) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Digital Industry Technologies at NKUA in the area of “Management of Network and Computing Infrastructures).


Diomidis Michalopoulos is Department Head of Device Standardization Research, Nokia, Germany. He and his team conduct research on 5GAdvanced/6G networks and devices, with emphasis on physical layer and radio access aspects. Diomidis joined Nokia in 2015 and since then he has been driving research-related activities, including technical concept contribution to standards, EU-funded projects, market trend analysis and customer presentations. Prior to joining Nokia he was employed by the University of British Columbia, Canada, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, as postdoctoral fellow and teaching instructor. Diomidis obtained the Engineering and PhD degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Diomidis received the Marconi Young Scholar award from the Marconi Society and various prizes for academic research excellence, including the Banting fellowship in Canada. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Networking Letters, while he is currently the industry-academia collaboration coordinator within the IEEE EMEA region.


John S. Baras is a Distinguished University Professor, holding the Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. He was the Founding Director of the ISR (1985-1991). He is (1992-present) the Founding Director of the Maryland Center for Hybrid Networks (HYNET). He is a Fellow of IEEE (Life), SIAM, AAAS, NAI, IFAC, AMS, AIAA, Member of the National Academy of Inventors, Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Major honors and awards: 1980 George Axelby Award from the IEEE CSS, 2006 Leonard Abraham Prize from the IEEE CommSoc, 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, 2017 AACC Richard Bellman Control Heritage Award, 2018 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award. Inducted in the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame (2016). In 2018 he was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.


Rolland Vida obtained his PhD in Computer Networks at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, in 2003. He is currently an Associate Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Head of HSN Lab, a research laboratory that is a strategic partner of Ericsson for 30 years. In the last 10 years Dr. Vida had leading roles in the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Sensors Council,  and IEEE Smart Cities. He was Chair of Globecom & ICC Management and Strategy Committee between 2020 and 2021, after being member of the same committee for 6 years. He is currently the Finance Chair of IEEE Meditcom 2022, Tutorials Co-Chair of IEEE Globecom 2023, TPC Co-Chair of IEEE Sensors 2022, and member of the ComSoc Conferences Council. He is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Letters, and a member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE IoT Journal.


Toktam Mahmoodi is a Professor of Communication Engineering and Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) in King’s College London. Previously, she was visiting research scientist at F5 Networks, research associate in Imperial College London, Mobile VCE researcher, and telecom R&D engineer. Toktam is and has been involved in number of European FP7 and H2020 projects on 5G mobile networks, vehicular communications, and Software-Defined Networking. Her research focuses on the areas of mobile and cloud networking, and includes ultra-low latency networking, network virtualization, mobility management, network modelling and optimization. She has contributed to the ETSI, IETF and 3GPP standards, and has played an active role within 5GPPP in defining 5G vision for vertical industries. She has also served on a number of editorial boards, and in roles including Executive Editor of Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, Series Guest Editor of JSAC Series on Network Softwarization, Area Editor of IEEE Communications Standard Magazine on Management & Orchestration, and Editor of IEEE communication Letters. Toktam served as General Chair of ICT 2021, and has been technical committee chair and member of various IEEE ComSoc conferences.


Moderators Bios

Periklis Chatzimisios serves as Professor in the Department of Information and Electronic Engineering of the International Hellenic University (Greece), where he leads the Communications, Cybersecurity and Internet of Things (CCIoT) Research Group. He has been awarded the title of Researcher Professor by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of New Mexico (USA). He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Science & Technology, at Bournemouth University (UK).  He is/has been involved in several standardization and IEEE activities under the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) serving as the Chair of the ComSoc Young Professionals (YP) Standing Committee and as a Member of the ComSoc Education Services Board, the ComSoc Standards Program Development Board, the ComSoc Industry Outreach Board and the ComSoc Online Content Board. He is the Chair of the Communications Chapter and Professional Activities for the IEEE Greece Section. In the past he served as Chair/Vice Chair/Secretary of the Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure and Networking (TCIIN), Vice Chair of the Technical Committee on Big Data (TCBD), Secretary of the Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) and he is an active member of the IEEE Future Networks (5G) Initiative.